Last Call at the Oasis

When it rains it pours.  Or does it?  Water is something we take for granted every day.  We drink it, we flush it, and we use it without a care in the world.  But water has become one of the most valuable commodities in the world as we know it.  Look at the price of a single gallon of water versus the price of a gallon of gasoline and ask yourself which is more.  Water.  Water is not something that is unlimited and something must be done to fix the shortages that we are facing.

 

By 2025, half of the world’s population won’t have adequate access to water.  Jay Famiglietti, a researcher who studies California water issues says, “We do face a crisis now, of epic proportions.”  And he adds, “We’re screwed.  Yeah.”

Last Call at the Oasis is directed by Jessica Yu.  She argues that evidence is adding up to show that the Earth is becoming critically dehydrated and that we need to do something very fast.

She shows the city of Las Vegas which gets most of its water from nearby Lake Mead.  For years now the water levels of Lake Mead have been steadily dropping and now they are only a handful of years away from the water level dropping below the intake valves.  This will mean no more water for Las Vegas.  Plans are to build a multi-billion dollar pipeline to one of the only water sources in Nevada so that the city can tap into it before the water runs out.

She also relies heavily on clips and interviews with Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist.

Last Call at the Oasis

Water itself has become one of the most valuable commodities in the world.  The price of a gallon of water far exceeds that of the price of a gallon of gasoline. 

There are scenes in the third world countries of drought and the bones of livestock.  Scenes like these are designed to give us a taste of what might come to us if water is not properly managed.

Water is a precious resource that must be managed properly in order to sustain us all.  It is said that all the water that ever was still is and that we drink the same water that the dinosaurs once did.  But if we do not control our use of water and monitor its quality, we definitely are screwed.

FINAL GRADE:  B

Reel Film News Movie Review by Bill Ayres

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